Let fire inspire

Captivated by the magic of working with glass, Rebecca Weddell creates beautiful and unique lampwork beads and offers a range of beadmaking courses.

ESBF Review

I had a very enjoyable, sociable and bead-crammed day at Sunday's inaugural East Surrey Bead Fair, which took place in Merstham, Surrey, on Sunday.

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Davida and Duncan of The Old Bicycle Shop had organised what turned out to be a very well-attended bead fair with plenty of diverse vendors, and free make-and-take workshops throughout the day, with all materials free of charge. Vendors were well looked after with free tea, coffee and biscuits, which was a very thoughtful gesture.

Betchworth Beaders and the Beadworkers' Guild were represented, and vendors included Totally Beads, Tanzee Designs, Spangles, Silvar, Silver Fairy, Charisma Beads and Old Bicycle Shop.

This is a new bead fair on the circuit, and looks to be a firm fixture for years to come. I'm looking forward to the next one!

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Claim to fame: Merstham is home to Quality Street, located just around the corner from the bead fair venue. The street (and the chocolates) were named after the same J M Barrie play, as the lead actor and actress lived in the Old Forge at the end of the street. Organisers Davida and Duncan had thoughtfully provided vendors with some appropriate goodies....

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My next bead fair is the 'Betchworth Bead-In' on August 4! I shall be demonstrating the art of letting fire inspire, so if you'd like to see lampworking in action, do come along.

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Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
01825 840638

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